Dental fillings help restore damaged teeth due to decay. With a dental filling, the dentist can help restore the shape, functionality, and eliminate bacteria in the cavities, reducing the risk for a root canal infection.
When choosing your fillings, your dentist will consider several factors. Some of the factors include:
When you have a cavity due to tooth decay, bacteria multiply within the hole, thus causing its progression. Also, a chipped tooth can house toxic bacteria that damage your enamel and ends up in the root canal if left untreated. However, a dental filling can prevent the progression of the infection.
During the procedure, your dentist removes any signs of bacteria from the cavity and clean it. The cleaning prevents further infections but does not restore the shape and functionality of the tooth. In this case, that is where tooth fillings come in.
Once the dentist inserts the filling on the cavity caused by tooth decay, your tooth’s chewing or biting ability is restored. Since dental cavities and chips alter the shape of your tooth, the dental filling can restore it to match the natural teeth.
At Arizona Family Dentistry, our dentist chooses your tooth fillings depending on your tooth’s condition. The types of tooth fillings vary depending on the material. Some of the types of tooth fillings include:
The first step of the procedure involves evaluating the teeth to help create the best treatment plan. During the evaluation, your dentist can use a dental probe to detect affected areas of the teeth. Also, the dentist can take dental x-rays to check for infections on the root canal. The x-ray can also help identify the precise information of tooth decay.
Next, the dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth. The dentist will then prepare the tooth for restoration. The preparation involves using a laser or a handheld device to remove the damaged parts of your tooth.
The dentist will use an acid gel to cleanse the cavities removing bacteria and debris left. Finally, the dentist will apply the filling material and polishing it. When placing a composite filling, you might need to isolate the tooth using a dental dam to ensure it doesn’t come into contact with moisture.
After the placement procedure, your dentist will recommend follow-up appointments to ensure your dental filling is intact. A loose filling can cause the entry of bacteria into the cavity, thus the need for a root canal. Worst case scenario, your tooth might need an extraction.
Some tooth fillings last up to 20 years. However, if not taken care of, a tooth filling can detach from the enamel or become loose. Therefore, you should take care of your tooth filling, just like your teeth. Below are the care tips for your tooth fillings: